Brrrr – another cold, snowy Sunday morning! I’m fed up now of the cold weather and so ready for the spring. Doesn’t it seem a long time coming this year? Even the Daffodils seem reluctant to show their faces this year.
It’s been a fairly hectic week for me this week, as I’ve had a lot of training courses to fit in around my usual work pattern and unfortunately haven’t managed much reading at all. It has been a busy week on the blog though, with cover reveals, blog tours and reviews all week. Here’s what I posted over the last seven days:
I reviewed the excellent A Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe as part of the blog tour last Sunday
Monday was my spot on the Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James blog tour where I reviewed this fun and witty novel.
Then on Tuesday another review of Only Child by Rhiannon Navin. I thought this was a difficult but very important read which was beautifully written.
Wednesday saw my weekly WWW post AND a Cover Reveal for Rosie Green’s new book, Spring at the Littlest Duck Pond Cafe
On Thursday I welcomed Roz Watkins to the blog with a guest post to kick off The Devil’s Dice blog tour. I’m also hosted a giveaway courtesy of the publishers over on twitter with three hardback copies to giveaway. Find me @Vicki_Cosybooks
And I was delighted to host another author, this time Rosie Howard talked about combining raising her family with writing The Homecoming
It’s also been a great week for milestones for me. I reached 500 followers on Instagram (find my bookstagram account here) Received both the most visits on one day and the most likes on one day to date on the blog, and finally tippled the 2900 followers mark on twitter after weeks of almost but not quite reaching it! 3000 here we come! I really appreciate the other bloggers who supported me in this by visiting, commenting and sharing my posts – especially as I haven’t been about so much on social media myself this week. I just love the book community!
I’ve had some lovely bookpost this week too. Here’s the new books which made their way onto my shelves this week thanks to publishers and Amazon Vine
This week can only be defined by one thing – SNOW! I’m sure we’re all fed up of it now here in the UK, ours has now turned from a pretty thick blanket to half melted brown slush and lumps of ice. Eurgh. Hope everyone all managed to stay warm and fit some extra cosy reading in!
I read three books this week – all thrillers! It would’ve only been two but thanks to the weather, my day shift was cancelled today and I’ve spent the morning reading Clare Mackintosh’s new book. I really thought I had this one sussed, but she still managed to shock me with an incredibly twisty ending! My review will be up on the blog during the week and you can buy it yourselves from Thursday 8th March 2018!
I also had a good old book sort out on Thursday and managed to completely update my Goodreads shelves, organise my diary and rearrange the shelves into months. March and April are extremely busy with some amazing books to read – here’s my March to be read pile (which doesn’t even include ebooks!)
This week I have FOUR blog tours stopping by!
And despite the #BeastFromTheEast bringing lots of services to a stand still, my good old postie still managed to get through the snow with some amazing #Bookpost – here’s some of the new books that made their way to my shelves this week
Almost half way through February already! We’ve had snow, wind, rain and a bit of sunshine this week – but one thing I’m noticing is the nights getting lighter! I hate the dark nights, and really struggle in the early months of the year, but the end is sight – spring is on it’s way, the light nights are coming and there’s signs of spring flowers pushing their way through in the garden. It’s given me a much needed boost.
Ok, now for new books and I’m sorry as this is a bit epic!
Firstly, here’s some of the amazingly awesome books I received through the post this week, courtesy of publishers and Amazon Vine.
And then, I went a bit wild on Netgalley and was approved for the following books. I’m seriously excited about these!
What a week! A new Sarah Pinborough, Claire Mackintosh AND Lucy Dillon. I think this week wins already this year for best book week. And, rather than growing tired, the thriller genre seems to be growing from strength to strength – I can’t get enough. I’m now slightly obsessed with crime/detective style books aswell which I hadn’t really read a great deal of previously.
So that’s my epic week. Hope everyone else has had a fantastic book week too. Are you planning on reading any of these? Which books were you excited about this week?
So, this week has been COLD!!! There’s been quite a bit of snow around and about where I live, though my particular area did seem to just miss it. It did mean though I had some work cancelled (not that I was happy about this at all! Ahem!) and managed to sneak in some extra cosy reading time
And what a fab book to cosy up with! I loved The Woman In The Window by AJ Finn (review here)
I also took part in the cover reveal for the fantastic sounding The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James which you can see here. I love the sound of this one, especially as it’s set in my lovely county – Cumbria.
I also reviewed Final Girls by Riley Sager – I’m not sure why it took me so long to get around to reading this, but with the paperback release on the 25th January 2018 now seemed as good as time as any to read and review it here
I also received some amazing book post this week, thanks to lovely publishers for the following:
And I bought myself these books in lovely hardback after reading amazing reviews from blogger pals.
And I also received this amazing book post in preparation for the #NeedToKnow blog tour next week. You can find out what I thought of this excellent book tomorrow on my stop of the tour.
So, this week I started to get back into the blogging stride and organising myself for the New Year ahead. I start a new job tomorrow – well, I’ve already been doing it part time for a while but from tomorrow it’ll be my full time job. It was a bit strange seeing my daughter off to school last week and not returning to my old job and I thoroughly enjoyed a couple of lazy mornings with the house to myself – with a lot more flexibility around shifts in my new role I’m looking forward to many more! And I’m determined to stay organised this year with a whole host of planners and diaries.
I’ve been reading too in preparation for full blogging service next week too. I’ve read three books this week, so off to a good start for my Goodreads Challenge of 104 books this year.
Ok, so onto the subject of new books this week – apologies now! I went on a bit of a spending spree on Amazon, and also received some lovely books and ebooks to review courtesy of amazon vine, netgalley and publishers. If that isn’t bad enough – I have three parcels to collect from the post office tomorrow too. I’d best get reading!
This week has been pretty uneventful to be honest and I haven’t done an awful lot. I’m at the point in the summer holidays where I’m fed up of all the spare time and finding it hard to motivate myself – I know, give it a week when I go back and I’ll be counting down to the next holiday. But generally, the most exciting thing that happened this week was the gas safety check on the boiler.
I have been productive blog wise though and for the first time ever I’m ahead with scheduling! Long may it last! September is shaping up to be a very busy month on the blog and I want to be as organised as I can be, leaving me with plenty of time for reading when I’m back at work Monday-Friday. I’ve managed to get through another five books too. I’d set myself a goal to try and read twenty books over the six weeks holidays and I’ve already smashed that with 21 books read and still a week to go! Favourite book this week without a doubt is Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown. I’ve had it on the shelf for ages and finally picked it up on Saturday afternoon. I would’ve read it in one sitting my was rudely interrupted by my mother calling in for a cuppa at a very critical moment! As soon as she’d gone, I was straight back to it. I couldn’t put it down! Review coming next week.
It’s been an epic few days new books wise and I’m fairly sure my postie is fed up of me. Here’s what’s new to my shelves this week.
I’ve got a feeling September is going to be an excellent reading month!
I can hardly believe it but here I am, four weeks of my six weeks off work over. It seems an awfully long time ago since I waved my daughter off for a week at Guides camp right at the beginning, yet on the other hand that list of must do jobs around the house remains untouched and I’m now left with just two weeks to do it all! How did that happen?
Contradictions seem to be the theme of the week, as I’ve spent a lot of it shivering, moaning and avoiding bucketfuls of rain. Is anyone else thinking that this is the worst summer they can remember? Yet there were a few sunny interludes and I managed to take my reading outside now and then. We even made it to an outdoor pool on Thursday!
I’ve managed to get a lot of reading done this week …currently on number six which I’ll hopefully finish today. I’ve harped on about this one a bit- but my favourite was The Vanishing Of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase. I just adored it.
I actually thought I’d done very well on the new books front this week – but then when I looked back there’s more than I remembered! (Although Another Woman’s Husband was a pre-order and I’d actually forgotten about a netgalley request until it was approved) – Ooops! Here’s the book which found their way to my TBR list this week…
I love saying goodbye to February. It hasn’t been a bad Month, in fact book wise it has been great. I’ve read some fantastic books this month, with the bonus on having the half term break to spend doing lots and lots of reading. But March is when you can feel change is in the air. The spring flowers are well on their way to pushing their way up in the world, the nights are getting lighter. I really struggle with dark nights, so when March comes round, I feel like I’m waking up and find energy that had disappeared over the dark winter months.
At Work This morning…lovely!
Book of The Month
I read nine books in February…and enjoyed them all. However, my book of the month was Sealskin by Su Bristow
Coming Up In March
Here’s some of the books I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing in March
I’ve read The last Act of Hattie Hoffman since taking this photo…watch out for a review coming soon.
Are any of these on your list? What are you looking forward to reading in March?
Woohoo…on Friday I finished work for half term, and although I really love my job, the last few weeks have been intense for various reasons. I was also pretty ill over the Christmas holidays so didn’t feel I’d had a proper wind down before going back in January. So for the next week my plans are to read, sort some stuff around the house, read, catch up with some TV and read some more. I’ve also started doing a bit of blog organising…making some small tweaks to the template, adding in links and general tidying. I need to work out the best way to organise my review A-Z. There’s so many reviews here now, I don’t think the long list works. I’m thinking of maybe separating by genre also…what do you think? Last night I also began jotting in ideas, plans and schedules in my diary. I’m going to keep this organised this time. Promise!
Last Week On The Blog
I reviewed these two fantastic but very different books (you can read my reviews by clicking the images)
New Books This Week
I got some fantastic book post this week.
(clicking on the titles will take you to Goodreads for a summery)